Anya Marfin

Anya Marfin is a local NY artist and a designer who graduated from Parsons School of Design with Bachelors in Fine Arts majoring in Product Design. She built her career designing fashion handbags for major American companies like Calvin Klein selling in Macy’s and Lord and Taylor. While she loves creating beautiful things with different materials like macrame art, ceramics is one of her passions. Anya, who grew up in Israel, deeply enjoys working with children to explore Jewish culture and continuity.

Ellen Alt

Ellen Alt has exhibited her mixed media artwork in the US, Israel, Germany, former Soviet Union, China and England. One of her pieces was presented to Hillary Clinton in Jerusalem on the occasion of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan. Ellen received a BFA in art education from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MA in studio art from New York University. She is an instructor in the graduate education program at Brandeis University. In New York City, she is the artist-in-residence at the Park Avenue Synagogue and teaches mixed media art courses to adults at the 92nd Street Y. In addition, Ellen organizes community sculpture and mural projects in the Middle East, India, England and throughout the United States. (

Hillary Lerer

Hillary taught in a nursery school for many years in Canada, where she also ran her own ceramics studio. Upon coming to New York became very involved in the JCC culinary arts programs. She is a cooking instructor for after school Little Chefs International, Cook Shabbat with your tots, JCC Summer Camp Cooking Instructor and Havurah Cooking Instructor all at the JCC Manhattan.

Jake Friedman

Jake Friedman is an animator, professor, and writer. His animation has been see on The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and Saturday Night Live, and he contributed to the recent animated feature film, Epic. He has taught animation to students of all ages and backgrounds, from elementary school to college. His articles have been printed in nearly a dozen publications, and he is the New York correspondent for the leading industry mag, Animation Magazine. He is the authorized biographer of Disney legend and labor leader Art Babbitt, and his “Art Of” book on a certain animation studio will be out next year. See more at

Megan Sass

Megan Sass is storyteller, musician, and teacher. She is a member of Storahtelling/LabShul, and also works with Temple Emanu-El, SAJ, The New Schul, and the JCC Manhattan. She has worked as a song leader at several summer camps, including Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, IN, Passport NYC at the 92nd St. Y, and Camp Yomowha with The Washington Heights Y. See more at

Rabbi Mick Fine

Rabbi Mick Fine completed his BA in Hebrew Language and Literature at the Ohio State University and continued his studies as a DeLeT Fellow at Brandeis University, where he completed an MA in Teaching Hebrew. He was ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2013. Mick has spent the past several years working in Jewish education, first as a Hebrew school teacher and then as a full-time Jewish studies educator at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, and most recently as Director of Hebrew Language Curriculum and Instruction at Beit Rabban Day School. Currently, he is a faculty member of The Shefa School.

Sara Stave Beckerman

Sara Stave Beckerman is a teacher of TaNaKh and Rabbinics and the Rosh Hinukh/ Director of Education at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. A curriculum expert and consultant, Sara is also the creative force behind the interactive full-color Jewish prayer curriculum Siddur Sababa. Sara holds an MA in Jewish Studies with a concentration in informal education from the Davidson School of Jewish Education at JTS. Sara loves teaching access skills to Hebrew and Jewish cultural literacy. Sara is the coordinator of the Hebrew Home Page course for the Jewish Journey Project.